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Louis Nelson July 21, 2017
The US departments of Homeland Security and Labor have announced that they will issue up to 15,000 additional H-2B visas for temporary, non-agricultural workers this year. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly explained the decision to increase the Congressionally-approved cap of 66,000 H-2B visas per year as a supply-and-demand problem: “there are not enough qualified and willing US workers...
Berkeley Lovelace Jr. July 14, 2017
Advances in technology continue to reduce the need for many low-skilled positions in the United States, reported Federal Chair Janet Yellen to the House Financial Services Committee. She also targeted a limited form of globalization – outsourcing workplaces and jobs to other countries – for reinforcing the effects of automation along with retailers reducing jobs in response to greater demands by...
Janet Burns July 12, 2017
If the US Federal Communications Commission drops protections on net neutrality, the country's innovation and global competitiveness will decline. Companies and internet users are speaking out to block a proposal by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to roll back the protections: “these so-called "net neutrality rules" establish that internet service providers (ISPs) must comply with Title II...
Emiliano Rodríguez Mega July 12, 2017
Researchers at US universities are positing that that cocaine trafficking accounted for more than 900,000 acres of deforestation in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua from 2001 to 2013. The drug trade directs 90 percent of cocaine in the United States through Central America, and “traffickers in the region had to figure out a way to funnel their money into the legal economy,” notes Emiliano...
Nicholas Kristof July 12, 2017
The US president’s son released a chain of emails including a note from a public relations official offering “high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” against his father’s opponent during the US presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr. response; “I love it.” Trump Jr. did not raise questions...
Scott Feinberg July 11, 2017
In June, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its annual list of filmmakers invited to join its ranks. Both this year and last year, the Academy selected invitees from more than one quarter of the world’s nations to help select award-winners. The organization’s increasingly international composition is “the biggest game changer represented by the new members,” asserts Scott...
Nayan Chanda July 5, 2017
Foreign leaders are discovering that they avoid criticism from the US president by praising Donald Trump and avoiding serious debate on topics of disagreement like climate change. A meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the latest US “transactional approach to foreign policy,” explains Nayan Chanda, founding editor of YaleGlobal Online in his column for the Times of India. “Trump...

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